Steam Table Cleaning and Maintenance

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Steam tables need plenty of care. Here’s how it’s done.

When it comes to steam tables, it can be easy to forget about them and take them for granted. This is especially true in commercial kitchens. The reality is that there are some easy tips and tricks to keep in mind to ensure that your steam tables are always in tip-top shape. Many operators tend to ignore the care and maintenance of steam tables, but that can diminish the lifespan of the steam table overall and end in costly repairs or, worse, a replacement. To avoid these additional costs, consider these top tips and tricks to keep your steam table as fresh as new. 

Turn Off The Thermostat

At the end of every day, you should shut off the unit’s thermostat. This allows the steam to cool and reduces the potential for extended and unnecessary wear and tear over time. Additionally, it has become increasingly important to drain the water and scrub the well with a mild detergent, ensuring the unit is clean for the next day.

Weekly Cleaning 

Routine and regular cleanings are a must when caring for a steam table. Removing all scale deposits will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. The reality is that when you don’t clean your steam table regularly, you’ll end up corroding the stainless steel and having to replace the unit altogether. That is why it is so important to make sure that you are taking the time to invest in quality care and maintenance of your steam table. 

Avoid Standing Water

You will want to avoid allowing standing water to accumulate in the unit for an extended period. When it comes to standing water, bacteria can form quickly, which is why it is imperative to drain the water and clean the drain so that it is dry. 

Make Sure Water Is In The Well When Turning It On

Proper usage of a steam table becomes paramount. And that includes never turning on the steam table without any water present. That means that you will always want to fill the steam table with water before turning it on. Otherwise, you will find yourself with severe damage to the steam table — and potentially costly repairs. 


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